Information for Staff who are Carers
At least 1,000 SLHD staff are likely to be caring for someone at home or elsewhere, outside their working hours.
Under the terms of the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010, all Public Service and Human Service Agencies MUST support their staff who are Carers by ensuring that the "agency's internal human resources policies, so far as they may significantly affect the role of a member of staff of the agency as a Carer, are to be developed having due regard to the NSW Carers Charter".
In plainer English, this means that an agency's human resource policies that may affect a staff member who is a Carer should be developed so that they reflect the principles of the NSW Carers Charter.
As it is both a Public Service agency and a Human Service Agency, this clause in the Act applies to Sydney Local Health District.
As well, under anti-discrimination law you may not be treated unfairly or harassed because of your responsibilities as a carer. (Please note that anti-discrimination law generally uses the term "carer" to mean anybody looking after their own child, the child of a partner, an adult for whom they are the legal guardian or a member of their immediate family - NOT a Carer as it is used on these web pages i.e. a person looking after someone (regardless of age) who has a disability, a chronic illness or who is frail aged.)
For some years now, National Employment Standards have also specified the right of a worker to ask to work from home if they have pre-schoolers or a disabled child. In 2013 this right was extended to all Carers defined under the Commonwealth Carer Recognition Act.
Leave Entitlements for Carers
There are no extra leave entitlements for Carers to which other LHD employees are not entitled.
However, it is important for you to be aware of Leave entitlements that may help you to meet your caring responsibilities outside work:
- Family and Community Services Leave (FACS)
- Personal Carers Leave (PCL)
FACS Leave and PCL are available to all staff of SLHD. FACS leave should be taken before you can access PCL. PCL is deducted from your Sick Leave entitlement.
To access more information about Leave entitlements go to NSW Health internet (NSW Health Service Leave Matters Manual), and SLHD Workforce Services website (Workforce Fact Sheets and Brochures) (see Important Links).